BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (WTSP/AP) -- A Florida couple went to jail after being accused of chaining their 17-year-old daughter to a bed last week, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Lee County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jose Samuel Gonzalez, 35, and Yessica Sabala Funes, 37, of Bonita Springs, on child abuse charges Thursday, Aug. 27, arrest records show. They each face one charge of cruelty toward a child.
The Fort Myers News-Press reports deputies performing a welfare check after receiving a call about a teen tied to a bed found the 17-year-old girl in her bedroom crying, chained to a bedpost. A bucket was left by the bed in case she needed to use the bathroom, investigators said.
The girl told a deputy that at 9 p.m. she got into an argument about her running away, and Gonzalez then came into her room with a chain and locked her to the bed, the News-Press reports.
The arrest report said the parents took the teen's cellphone so she couldn't contact anyone, the News-Press reports. But she used her Apple watch to notify a friend, who called authorities.